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Katrina evacuees transfer elsewhere
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August 31, 2006
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Ernesto downgraded to tropical depression
By STEVE LYTTLE
McClatchy Newspapers
Ernesto, although weakened
to a tropical depression, is still
expected to pay the Carolinas
a visit today.
Forecasters say chances are
the storm will not reach hurricane strength before making
landfall on the South Carolina
coast.
Ernesto weakened to a
tropical depression over
Florida, doing little damage as its rain swept northward Wednesday. But it was
still threatening enough that
North and South Carolina
mobilized National Guard
troops as a precaution.
Midmorning, the storm’s
sustained wind topped out at
35 mph, 4 mph below tropical
storm strength. Ernesto’s rain
bands were expected to move
into the Atlantic and possibly
regain strength on a course
toward the Carolinas.
Meteorologists aren’t taking any chances. They’ve
issued a hurricane watch for
the coast from North Carolina’s Cape Fear southward to
the Savannah River area in
Georgia.
Ernesto’s effects in the Charlotte region will be periods
of heavy rain (2 to 3 inches)
today, forecasters say.
At the coast, tornadoes and
rain of 3-6 inches are possible,
forecasters say.
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the
center of Ernesto was about
75 miles southwest of West
Palm Beach, Fla. The storm,
with top sustained winds of
only 40 mph, was inland and
is expected to remain over
interior Florida for much of
the day.
But forecasters still expect
Ernesto to re-emerge into the
Atlantic Ocean near Daytona
Beach, then move northward
toward the Carolinas.
Once the system moves
back over the warm ocean
water, i ntensi f ication is
expected.
By the time Ernesto reaches
the South Carolina coast this
afternoon, its top winds are
expected to be just a bit below
the 75-mph threshold for hur-
ricane status.
Stacy Stewart of the National Hurricane Center in Miami
said computer models indicate Ernesto will be a hurricane with 85 mph winds
when it reaches South Carolina, but he thinks the winds
will be more in the range of
65-70 mph.
Then Ernesto is forecast to
track inland, across the coastal
plain of the Carolinas.
Katrina evacuees transfer elsewhere
Misplaced students
choose to attend
other universities
BY RASHI VATS
Staff Reporter
Out of the 47 misplaced students who enrolled at TCU
after Hurricane Katrina hit,
seven students still attend;
the remainder have transferred elsewhere or returned
to New Orleans, said the dean
of admissions.
Ray Brown, dean of admissions, said he worked with
more than 200 students in
August 2005, but was only
able to admit 47 students
because TCU was already at
full capacity before the hurricane hit.
Aaron Newton, 23, said he
was forced to return home to
Fort Worth when Xavier University in Louisiana closed
after Hurricane Katrina.
“Many students just picked
schools randomly,” Newton
said. “I wanted to be closer
to home and TCU had a process where you filled out an
application and had classes the
very next day.”
Jose Valdes, a sophomore
business major who originally
attended Loyola University in
New Orleans, enrolled at TCU
this semester from Texas A&M
College Station.
“I went to Texas A&M in
College Station for a year
after Katrina hit, but didn’t
like it,” Valdes said. “All of
my friends are here and I love
the school.”
Valdes, originally from
Guatemala, said teachers and
Admissions Staff have been
very understanding and helpful, and said he plans to graduate from TCU.
Valdes said he should be a
junior, but said not all of his
classes transferred when he
came to TCU.
Newton also said he lost
credits when transferring to
TCU, which is why he transferred back to Xavier University this fall.
“I am a senior and have
30 more hours to take, and
staying at TCU would mean
I would have to take about
60 more hours,” New ton
said.
Brown said the application
process for hurricane victims
was very flexible. The process
required students to fill out a
short application and submit
any grade sheets or academic
documents that they still had,
he said.
The same tuition rate and
financial aid was applied to
those students, but the payment plans were flexible,
Brown said.
“Only one student complained,” Brown said. “Everyone was just very grateful to
have a home.”
COURTESY OF MCT
A message spray-painted on a building in downtown New Orleans in August 2005 was enough to explain what was responsible for the damage and the desolate streets.
Out of the 143 campuses communications coordinator
The Fort Worth Independent
School District also accommo- in FWISD, 126 met the needs for FWISD.
dated students displaced by of Hurricane Katrina victims,
There were 1,477 student
the hurricane.
said Sharon Parker, external evacuees in the FWISD over
Liberal Arts Grads in high demand
By LAURA FLORES
Staff Reporter
In the past few years, the demand
for liberal arts graduates in the workplace has continued to increase, said
the associate director of university
career services.
The challenge liberal arts majors
face is not having a specific job field
to enter once they graduate, Kimshi Hickman, associate director of
university services said.
“What becomes key is simply
understanding that what employers
are looking for in their top skills
are the very strengths they have,”
Hickman said.
Yearly, employers have said that
job candidates lack the top skills
they are looking for, which include
speech communication, proper
grammar and developed writing
skills, according to the National
Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2006 research.
Doors are now opening up for
liberal arts graduates from consulting, education, health care and
finance, Hickman said. She added
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areas such as retail and whole-
sale are usually good venues for liberal arts majors to enter. Also, with
the retirement of those in government positions in the next few years,
jobs could be opening there too,
Hickman said.
Learning to study efficiently and
effectively, putting importance on
critical thought and having a writing foundation gives liberal arts
majors an edge in the professional
world, said Mary Volcansek, dean
of AddRan College of Humanities
and Social Sciences.
Whitney Waller, a freshman English and religion major, said she
thinks liberal arts students have
the advantage of flexibility, which
can be applied to a broad range of
professions.
“You’re in (a liberal arts program)
because there are so many different
ways to take what you learned and
utilize it and plug it in somewhere
else,” Waller said.
Volcansek said degrees such as
accounting and nursing allow students to easily find a first job and
know where they are going in their
career, but said a liberal arts degree
differs because it provides a wider
base of knowledge.
“It’s having that breadth of knowledge to advance up the ladder,” said
Volcansek, “and that’s where liberal
arts majors tend to be successful.”
Volcansek said she recommends
liberal arts students receive a minor
in business or accounting so they
will have an advantage over job candidates educated in only one field.
Daniel Short, dean of the School
of Business, said he agrees that a
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CLARIFICATION
Wednesday’s story concerning Student Government Association reported
that changes to the TCU student tailgate
were ultimately put into affect by SGA.
The pregame regulations were approved
by Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said Pamela Hughes, assistant to the vice chancellor. However,
the proposal also included Hyperfrogs,
the Interfraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic
and TCU. The changes were not solely
an SGA endeavour, she said.
the course of the 2005-2006
school year, and out of those,
383 students still remain, Parker said.
Credit card debt trouble for many
By PAUL GORES
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As both a professional consumer
counselor and the mother of a 19year-old son who is about to go off
to college, Connie Kilmark has no
qualms about what to do with the
three-or-so credit card applications
the young man receives in the mail
each week.
“I shred them,” she said.
The last thing her son — or any
new college student who probably
won’t have a steady source of income
for at least four years — needs is
the temptation to spend money he
doesn’t have, said Kilmark, who runs
the financial counseling firm Kilmark
& Associates in Madison.
“He has more fi nancial common
sense than average because he’s
heard me talk for so long,” Kilmark
said. “That doesn’t mean he has the
habits ingrained inside of him. He’s
still a beginner.”
As young adults go off to school,
many will do so as beginners in the
world of personal finance. Some, college finance experts say, are certain to
cave into the bombardment of credit
card solicitations they receive.
The trouble is that many won’t realize what they’re really doing when
they use plastic. They’re making purchases by borrowing at high interest
rates and, at the same time, establishing a credit history that will follow
them for years.
“Certainly building credit — good
credit — is essential in today’s world,”
said Jane Hojan-Clark, director of
financial aid at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But for the individual who is not savvy and, really,
is not financially literate, credit cards
can be very dangerous.”
A national survey published last
year by the college loan organization Nellie Mae found that 76 percent
of undergraduates started the 2004
school year with credit cards and that
the average outstanding balance was
$2,327. About 42 percent of freshmen
had at least one credit card.
A survey of 2,300 UWM students
last spring revealed that 86 percent
had at least one credit card, and that
23 percent of card-holders carried a
monthly balance of between $1,000
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well-rounded education helps
students in any field.
Short said students in the
business school can only take
half their classes in business
so they are also educated in
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“Just as I argue that you
have to have a strong liberal arts education to be welleducated, I would argue, if
you are a liberal arts major
and know nothing about how
business functions, you cannot argue you are truly educated,” Short said.
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and almost $5,000.
That’s expensive debt —
often at an 18 percent interest
rate or more — on top of obligations, students are accumulating from college loans and,
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in many cases, living on their
own for the first time. Students
who make minimum monthly
payments on credit cards often
don’t understand the true cost
of their borrowing, college
financial experts said. Someone making monthly payments
of $100 on a $3,000 balance for
a card carrying an 18 percent
annual percentage rate would
need more than three years
to retire the debt, and interest
alone would amount to nearly $934, according to CarWeb.
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Banks and card issuers pursue college students because
they represent potential new,
long-term customers.
Kilmark said: “Lenders
know that if they can be the
kid’s first credit card, there is
a huge sentimental right of
passage that happens, so it’s
extremely valuable to the lender to be the first one.”
Perhaps, surprisingly, students tend not to be considered high-risk borrowers by
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vice president of marketing for
Nellie Mae.
The thinking goes like this,
she said: “They are in college, it’s
anticipated that they will graduate and get jobs, and if they do
incur any debt while in school,
they will be able to pay it off
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ISRAEL REFUSES TO LIFT BLOCKADE
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated Wednesday that Israel will not lift its
sea and air blockade of Lebanon, as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
demanded, until the U.N. initiates a cease-fire.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
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THE SKIFF VIEW
Don’t abuse security escorts
T
CU provides many services for its
students, faculty and staff, and the
most important of these is safety.
In addition to a dedicated TCU Police
force and a Fort Worth Police Department
officer on patrol around campus, is a group
of students who use golf carts to ensure
the safety of students on campus every
night.
We’ve all come to know them by their
official name — Froggie Five-0.
The student escort service, which began
in 1996, provides approximately 3,100 rides
around campus each month in conjunction
with escort services by TCU Police.
It’s important for students to know about
Froggie Five-O’s services and to utilize
them. However, students, especially freshmen, need to realize that Froggie Five-0
was established to protect students — it is
not a taxi service.
Froggie Five-O is not a service designed
to shield students from the wrath of cold
or rainy nights.
TCU is a compact campus and everything is within reasonable walking distance, so unless you are legitimately
concerned about your safety, there’s no
reason to employ Froggie Five-O. Besides,
walking is good for you.
As extra eyes and ears for the police,
drivers for Froggie Five-0 are trained to
coordinate their actions with the police
and to know what to look out for when it
comes to the safety of fellow students.
Crime alerts sent out by TCU Police
contain helpful information and links to
information on how students can protect
themselves at night.
Even if you know someone who works
for Froggie Five-0, are new to TCU or feel
you shouldn’t have to go to FrogBytes
under your own power to buy Red Bull, it’s
important to remember that someone who
truly feels uncomfortable about walking
alone or is in need of assistance may be
counting on that same ride.
Ryan Claunch for the Editorial Board.
Think cohabitation over before moving in Feminism shouldn’t
Rock group Bon Jovi’s
“Living in Sin” hit the Billboard Top 10 in December
1989 and catapulted the
issue of cohabitation to the
forefront of
COMMENTARY
the American
moral debate.
Lyrics such
as “I say
we’re living
on love; they
say we’re living in sin”
Matt Messels
split the
nation over the ethics of the
edgy living arrangement.
The term cohabitation refers
to a romantically involved
couple who share a residence
without being married.
The practice of cohabitation, more commonly
referred to as “living in sin”
or “shacking up” by past
generations, has gained
alarming acceptance and
prevalence in American
society since the 1980s.
But increased moral
acceptance does not mean
practical success. Cohabitation brings with it a slew
of personal and relational
problems and should be
quickly discarded as a possible living arrangement for
the serious couple.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 1.6 million American heterosexual
couples cohabited in 1980.
By 2000, the number spiked
to about 4.9 million — a 206
percent increase in just 20
years. And the numbers continue to spiral upward.
The cohabitation debate
hit campus last spring when
Image magazine ran a feature on cohabiting college
couples, entitled “The New
American Gothic.” The feature profiled two cohabiting
couples at TCU and listed
a number of reasons why
more college couples have
decided to move in together.
But the phenomenon of
college cohabitation is not
isolated to TCU. According
to a University of WisconsinMadison study published in
1995, thousands of collegeaged students across the
nation have decided to give
the living arrangement a try.
Some couples move in
together for economic reasons. Some simply want to
test their compatibility.
It does, after all, seem to
be a logical living arrangement for the serious couple
— a stepping stone between
dating and marriage.
But beware. What seems
the perfect alternative for
those not quite ready to tie the
knot has its ominous pitfalls.
Scores of sociological studies show that cohabitation is
highly correlated with lowered commitment levels and
an impaired sense of personal
well-being.
Cohabitation, by definition, is a much looser bond
than marriage. Consequently, partners
often do not feel
obligated to share
the same emotional
and intimate commitment that they
would in marriage.
Unfortunately,
the trends toward
lowered commitment levels do not
fix themselves once
a cohabiting couple walks
down the aisle.
A 2004 University of Denver study surveyed 306 couples who either had or had
not cohabited before marriage. Researchers found
that the couples who had
cohabited experienced significantly lower levels of
partner interaction, confidence for the future of the
relationship, and overall
relational quality.
According to the study,
cohabitation is not practice
for a sound marriage. Rather, it’s a setup for later relational failure.
The downfalls of cohabitation do not stop at the relational level. A University of
Wisconsin-Madison study
conducted at the University
of Denver found that longterm cohabitants experienced
depression 50 percent more
frequently than their married
counterparts. Furthermore,
cohabitants reported lower
levels of personal satisfac-
be confused with hate
tion and self-esteem than did
married individuals.
Now, I wouldn’t expect
the average college student to peruse the pages of
the latest Journal of Marriage and Family to educate
themselves on the effects
of cohabitation, but those
couples considering cohabitation should seriously be
aware of the obstacles they
may face .
You wouldn’t take a
prescription without considering its potentially
life-altering side effects.
Likewise, you shouldn’t
cohabit without knowing
its possible, or should I say
probable, pitfalls.
I will neither say that
students who are currently
cohabiting are “living on
love” nor “living in sin.”
But to those couples who
are considering moving in
together, my message is
simple: Caveat emptor!
-Matt Messel is a sophomore
sociology major from Omaha, Neb.
His column appears every Thursday.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Alumnus defends homosexuality; needs proof
Let me begin by saying
I am not a student at TCU.
I attended for two years in
the late ’90s, and I loved
every minute of it. My wife
graduated as a member of
the class of 2000.
I am writing in response
to the laziness of Ms.
Thurber’s counterpoint in
the Aug. 25 edition of the
Skiff (my wife brought to
me). It is very easy to flip
through the Bible and find
anti-homosexual passages. I could do the same on
many other subjects as well.
These passages are not
proof. The Bible is a book
— a book written by men,
not handed down directly
from God. Just because it is
in a book does not make it
true, especially a book written as long ago as this one
was. If you are to take the
Bible literally, then why not
follow all of its dietary laws
as people of Jewish faith
do?
I want proof before I
will accept a judgmental
and bigoted point of view.
How will homosexuality
affect me? It has not as far
is I know. How will homosexuality affect my family? I
am not worried about having homosexual children,
nor do I care if they are.
Who does it hurt? Where is
the answer? I hear people
everyday say hateful things
about the homosexual community on TV and in my
workplace. Tolerance is not
what I am preaching here,
it is acceptance.
I want to point out that
we’re all on the same level here and our lifestyles,
whether it be in regards to
sexual orientation or our
major in college, should
have no impact on the way
we treat each other or interact on a daily basis. Everyone is obviously free to
choose their own lifestyle
and it is in no way my place
to judge — there’s probably
stuff about me you wouldn’t
necessarily agree with, too.
This is your standard catchall “I hate you, but don’t
hate me for it” rhetoric I
have seen and heard again
and again — old, boring
and unoriginal.
I am not writing this
for any other reason than
that the moral majority is
lazy and has the same pat
answers for every question
thrown at them. If you want
me and mine to accept this
schlock, you must give me
proof. Leaning on God is
not proof. Do not tell me
to have faith, since all I
have seen come out of the
church as of late is hate. I
cannot and will not abide
by that. I am for personal
freedom. You want to be
gay, be gay. You want to
drink a beer, drink a beer.
Being homosexual hurts
no one (enter pun here). I
have never heard of some-
one being pulled over for
driving under the influence
of homosexuality. They are
not child molesters or perverts. That is something put
out by ignorant people who
are close-minded.
This is my two cents —
take it as you will.
I would like to add that
I am white, 32, father of
two and still married. I am
a homeowner and live in
a nice, middle-class neighborhood. I am from a
small rural community in
East Texas where intolerance and racism abounds.
I chose to be who I am. I
make my own choices. I
am not a sheep, and I will
not allow my children to
be sheep either. As long as
there is someone spouting
off this uber-Christian rhetoric, I will continue to point
out to my children how stupid these people are.
Arlen Lindsey
Arlington
All women should be
feminists.
All women should fight
for respect, protection and
equal rights. It is what they
deserve; it
COMMENTARY
is what they
are meant
for. And yet
an average
woman shies
away from
the label
“feminist.”
Saerom Yoo
These
days, the word “feminist”
conjures up an image of a
bitter, man-hating woman
who blames all the world’s
misfortunes on men and
their oppressive, patriarchal
social behavior. True, that
is where our world started.
Women did have to fight for
suffrage rights, the rights
to initiate divorce and the
rights to access, and use,
contraceptives. Today,
because these rights have
been rewarded to women
in many places, the concept
of feminism is often blurry.
Maureen Dowd, known
for her New York Times columns and her book, “Are
Men Necessary?” is a feminist gone sexist. In both
her columns and book, she
disrespects men in every
aspect. According to CNN,
she portrayed her attitude
on “American Morning” by
saying “there’s a body of evidence now that the Y chromosome is rotting at such a
fast rate that it will go out of
business in about 100,000
years.” Also, in a column last
fall, she wrote, “men are simply not biologically suited to
hold higher office. The Bush
administration has proved
that once and for all.”
Such statements from an
educated woman like Dowd
are an embarrassment to
feminists. At a time of war,
voices expressing opinions
on the Bush administration are inevitable and necessary; however, Dowd’s
ridiculous claims are insulting and uncalled for.
Feminism originated as
a fight against sexism, but
because of figures such
as Dowd, it is becoming
widely perceived as another form of sexism and that
is unacceptable regardless
of which sex is attacking
which.
Dowd and other feminists of today go on to
denounce beauty magazines that encourage women
to take extreme, superficial measures to become
more attractive sex objects
to men. They even go on
to put down men by saying that they are incapable
of seeing women as people
who deserve to be treated
better than sex objects. This
display of disrespect might
have been true a decade or
two ago when it was still
difficult for women to rise
high in society. There is no
excuse for why it should
still be true today.
As women now have
much-improved opportunities
and rights, they are well-educated, independent and selfsufficient. There is not much
a man can do in today’s society that a woman cannot.
However, there are still
so many women out there,
regardless of their intelligence, that make the
mistake of basing their
self-confidence on how
men react to them. Breast
implants are becoming a
norm, and eating disorders
have been haunting women for ages. Can we blame
men for regarding women,
who parade around with
their chests tightly wrapped
with a T-shirt that says “I
take candy from strangers,”
as mere sex objects?
Another feminist complaint
is that men regard women as
weak, incapable beings. Of
course there are the obvious
physical and emotional differences between the two sexes.
Women are smaller in stature and delicate both physically and emotionally. Women
do require protection from
men; however, that does not
render them incapable. They
are not completely helpless
when it comes to changing a
light bulb or hammering in a
nail — even if they might act
like it. The only things holding them back are the freshly
manicured nails on their fingers. Women suffer from stereotypes that they help create.
Feminism is not a battle of the sexes. It is about
respect — not just for women, but for each other. Feminists no longer should be
labeled man-haters. Men
are not the enemy. Feminism starts with each individual woman and her
realization that her IQ is
valued more than her bra
size — by the real men
that are worth associating
with anyway. Feminism is
not a fight. It is a matter of
respect earned through a
demonstration of dignity.
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
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COURTESY OF Micah Bell
Micah Bell, front, performs at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. Bell was one of 20 chosen to perform in the Disney All American College Band this summer. Bell, along with the Disney band, recorded an album in Los Angeles and met famous musicians.
Disney band
proves magical for
trumpet players
COURTESY OF Cameron Summers
Cameron Summers, left, records at the Capitol Records studio in California this summer with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
By MEREDITH ANDREWS
Staff Reporter
A TCU trumpet player landed a high-profile
job playing with a select group of musicians
in Anaheim, Calif. this summer.
Micah Bell, a senior music education major,
was the lead trumpet in the Disney All American College Band this summer.
The band performs five days a week in front
of thousands of Disneyland guests.
Lori Cook, of the Entertainment Division
for the Disneyland Resort, said in an e-mail
that the participants were chosen from 250
students from all over the nation who auditioned in February.
Out of the 250, 20 were placed, including
four trumpets.
Students were told personality and enthusiasm played an important part in the selection
process, Cook said.
Because the band plays almost every genre of
music, students were asked to play three different
styles in the audition and were expected to know
how to sight-read, or read music on site.
“I got paid to play music and entertain thousands of people every day,” Bell said. “I loved
it. It was the best summer of my life.”
Curt Wilson, TCU Jazz Ensemble director
and director of jazz studies, has worked with
Bell since he was a freshman.
“It’s like an athlete making All-American,”
Wilson said of Bell making the band.
Bell said that while performing at Disneyland was the hardest thing he had ever done,
he would do it again if he could.
He said he was able to spend time in Los
Angeles with some of the best studio musicians who taught him the ins and outs of the
business.
“It’s just funny because you idolize these
people, and then you hang out with them and
realize, wow, they’re just guys,” Bell said.
He said Wayne Bergeron, the lead trumpet player on Chicago’s big band album, “Night and Day,”
was his favorite person he met. Bell said he has
admired Bergeron since his seventh grade year
when his father bought the album for him..
Bell said he went to dinner with Bergeron
and to his house for a lesson. Bell also got
the chance to hear the musician’s unreleased
recordings and play duets with Bergeron.
The event, Bell said, made him realize his
blessings.
Bell also had the opportunity to record a
CD with the Disney band. The recording took
place in the same Los Angeles room that Frank
Sinatra, Pink Floyd and the Beatles used, he
said.
Jon Burgess is an associate professor of
trumpet who has worked with Bell.
“He is really involved in every aspect of
music,” said Burgess.
Bell not only plays the trumpet, but he also
sings and composes, Burgess said.
Bell isn’t the only TCU student who has
played for the All American College Band at
Disneyland.
Cameron Summers, a trumpet player and
senior engineering major, played with the Disney band in the summer of 2005.
Summers said he was very happy he spent
last summer with the Disney band. The experience gave him the chance to work with and
talk to incredible artists, he said.
“Cameron’s a great student,” Burgess said.
“You can give him ideas and what you think
will help him develop as a player; and he’s
willing to work it and try new ideas, again
investigate ideas on his own and bring new
ideas. It helps me learn too.”
Summers said he played with the Henry
Mancini Institute, which centers around an
orchestra comprised of musicians from around
the world, this summer.
Wilson said Mancini is a legend in the music
world.
“Henry Mancini is one of the great American
composers of film and television of all time,”
Wilson said. “That institute was built in his
memory to train young musicians in the art
of playing film music, which is a very difficult
craft to learn.”
Summers said he recorded tracks with the
Mancini Institute for composer Patrick Williams’ big band album. The CD will be released
by Concord Records, he said.
Wilson said TCU should be proud of both
Bell and Summers for representing TCU
well.
“It’s the chance of a lifetime for both of
them,” Wilson said. “This will probably change
their lives.”
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
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Frogs hope to learn from mistakes New coaches to guide
By KYLE ARNOLD
Staff Writer
With their first loss of the
season Tuesday night, the Lady
Frogs have some holes to fill.
In what was looking like
another win, the Frogs simply ran out of juice, said a
team member.
“We simply could not play a
full game,” said Emily Allen, a
junior right side hitter.
Allen also said she knows
what they need to work
on so these mistakes do
not plague them in their
upcoming tournament in
North Carolina.
“We need to play [points]
one through 30,” Allen said.
In addition to playing a full
game, head coach Prentice
Lewis said numerous errors
crippled the Frogs in their
most important moments.
“We made 10 errors in the
deciding game five,” Lewis said.
“Ten of their 15 points were
because of miscues by us.”
Junior outside hitter and
middle blocker LeMeita
Smith said she shared some
of the same thoughts as her
teammate Allen.
“As a team, we could not
close it out,” Smith said.
“We waited for them to
lose; we cannot do that.”
But even with the disappointment of the game, Smith
said, she found some positives.
“We did a good job
at staying up and keeping focused, but it wasn’t
enough,” Smith said.
Lewis also said the Frogs
had some advantages.
“Our girls had great
rhythm during the first two
games; it was easy,” Lewis said. “However, when it
got tough, the girls started
looking at the scoreboard
and just got scared.”
Aside from the positive mentality of the Frogs,
three TCU players broke or
tied their career highs, said
Brandie Davidson, athletic
media relations assistant.
Allen tied a career-high
with 17 defensive digs,
sophomore setter Nirelle
Hampton had a career-high
with 60 assists and Smith
broke her career-high with
20 kills, Davidson said.
The next question will be
how the Frogs can recover
from such a disappointing
loss.
“You cannot really have
a game plan. Each game is
different, and you have to
take it one game at a time,”
Lewis said.
Looking forward to the
Frogs upcoming tournament Friday in Elon, N.C.,
they will start off against
Elon University and round
out the tournament against
track and field program
MARCUS MURPHREE
Staff Writer
ROBYN SHEPHEARD / Staff Photographer
Setter Nirelle Hampton, left, and middle blocker Anna Vaughn receive the ball at the
net in Tuesday’s match against the UTA Mavericks. Lady Frogs lost the match, 2-3.
opponents Navy and University of Alabama Saturday,
according to gofrogs.com.
Returning to campus, the
Frogs will have a short stay
before leaving to face the Uni-
versity of North Texas Eagles
in Denton, and they will put
their home undefeated winning
streak on the line Sept. 8 against
the Davidson College Wildcats,
according to gofrogs.com.
The TCU track and field
program has two new coaches this fall: Jeff Petersmeyer and Er ic Heins.
The two were once former coaches together at
Northern Arizona University, and now they are helping
guide TCU’s track and field
teams. Petersmeyer, 32 and
Heins, 29, both bring collegiate competition and coaching experience to the table.
Petersmeyer, assistant coach
in charge of the horizontal
jumpers, used to run for Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio,
Petersmeyer, who will also
work with sprinters and hurdlers, said he is coming to
TCU after working as assistant
track and cross country coach
at Baldwin-Wallace College.
The smaller size of the TCU
track program differs from
the size of some of the teams
Petersmeyer has worked with.
“I had almost 20 jumpers
in my event groups before,”
Petersmeyer said. “The smaller size lets me focus more
on the individual athletes.”
The other new addition
to the staff is former Southeast Missouri State University assistant coach Eric
Heins, who joined the TCU
program as the head cross
country coach and assistant
coach for the track program.
Heins, who used to run for
the University of Cincinatti, said he has been running
competitively since he was 12.
As head coach of the cross
country teams, Heins has
some hopes for both the
men’s and women’s programs.
“If we can get all the
upperclassmen healthy at
the same time, we should be
able to compete,” Heins said.
Some runners on the
men’s team, such as Michael
Garcia and Cody Cook,
have noticed differences
between Heins’ coaching
style and former coach Patrick Cunniff’s approach.
“There is a lot higher mileage this year,” Garcia said.
The workout styles with
the team are based on getting as much running in
as possible, Heins said.
“We are logging about 70
miles a week right now,” Cook
said. “We are eventually working to run in the 80s (miles).”
CORRECTION
A volleyball photo from last season ran on Wednesday’s sports page and featured Talaya Whitfield,
who is no longer a player on the team.

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